Canadian Manufacturing

Canadian firm gets regulatory approval to export LNG to Oregon

Veresen Inc. plans to ship 1.55 billion cubic feet of LNG per day from B.C. across Canada-U.S. border

CALGARY—The National Energy Board (NEB) has given its stamp of approval to a Calgary firm’s planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project that will see the product shipped south of the border.

The NEB review came back in favour of Veresen Inc.’s plan to move 1.55 billion cubic feet of LNG per day from British Columbia across the Canada-United States border and into Oregon.

The approved export points are existing natural gas pipelines that cross the border near Kingsgate and Abbotsford, B.C., according to the NEB.

Veresen said the exported natural gas would supply its proposed Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay, Ore., about 300 kilometres southwest of Portland on the Pacific Coast.

“Our proposed LNG facility would provide western Canadian producers with access to large, new markets, primarily using existing natural gas infrastructure,” Veresen president and CEO Don Althoff said in a statement released by the company.

An export licence for the project is subject to the approval of the Governor in Council.

The NEB permit allows for an export volume of nine million tonnes of gas annually for 25 years.

To reach the Jordan Cove facility, Canadian natural gas would travel by pipeline to a hub in southern Oregon, where it would then travel by the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline—a proposed 373-kilometre, 36-inch pipeline owned by Veresen and The Williams Companies, Inc.

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